Backcountry Canoe Tripping

  • August 10-19, Co-ed, Ages 14-17

    During Session 6 we offer a 6-day canoe trip into the interior lakes and rivers of the Killarney/French River area. At least one night of the trip is spent on the beautiful shore of Georgian Bay!

    This trip is open to campers with all levels of out-tripping and canoeing experience. Necessary skills including paddling, portaging, fire-building, orienteering, meal-planning/preparation, packing and tent assembly are learned during a preparatory time at Camp Celtic prior to departure. These skills are further developed on the trip, while the philosophy and practices of environmentally sound, no-trace camping are the underlying theme.

    Accompanying the trip will be 3 or 4 (depending on camper numbers) experienced Celtic staff with Wilderness First-Aid and Life-guarding certifications.

    Along with the development of canoe tripping skills, campers have the opportunity to grow individually in a rugged outdoor setting, making friendships of a lifetime with other campers and experienced Celtic counsellors. Immersed in fresh air, clean water, and starry night skies, out-trippers build life skills such as self-confidence, co-operation, leadership, and a deep appreciation for themselves, others and nature.

    See more images in the Gallery and videos.


    The Backcountry Canoe trip occurs during Session 6.

    Arrival at Camp Celtic: Thursday August 10, 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Pick-up from Camp Celtic: Saturday August 19, 10:00am-12:00pm


    Ages 14-17 as of camp time (14 campers max)

    Please complete the Camp Celtic Registration form or register online.

    Canoe Tripping is a physically and mentally demanding activity. Campers need to be in good health and be a proficient swimmer to participate in the programme.

    Packing List

    • Camping backpack (50-80 litres)
    • Sleeping bag (Sleeping mat optional)
    • Raincoat
    • Warm fleece or wool sweater (not cotton)
    • Pants (not jeans)
    • T-shirts (a few)
    • Bathing suit and light towel
    • Socks and underwear (5 pairs)
    • Hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • Journal and pen
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, bio-degradable soap, personal hygiene items
    • Camera (optional)

    The 2017 Canoe Trip will take place in Session 6.

© 2016, Camp Celtic